Nintendo 3DS pre-orders have begun

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If you know you’ll want a Nintendo 3DS, despite not even knowing its release date or price, GameStop will ease your jitters. The video game retailer is already selling pre-orders for the handheld system, according to a supposed GameStop employee on the NeoGaf forums. The 3DS should hit U.S. shelves sometime in March.

“Ok well I got the OK to tell people about this from my work, but we officially got word in that all US based Game Stop stores will be taking reserves on the 3DS starting on the 26th,” writes user wwm0nkey. “Depending on the place holder price you will be required to drop a minimum of $25 on a reserve. This is a personal guess but since we need a estimated time of release I would assume Nintendo is about to officially reveal the price and release day anytime from the 25th to January 1st. (UPDATE: The reserves DID infact start today! if your GS can’t find it in their system the SKU is 020132.)”

In January, Nintendo will hold a press event detailing its U.S. launch plans for the system. The Japanese price of the unit is about $300, which makes it the most expensive Nintendo game system of all time. The Wii and Nintendo 64 previously held the record at $250. Will gamers pay that much money for a handheld system? Better yet, will 3D be enough of a draw for the new device. Nintendo’s last attempt at 3D, the Virtual Boy, was a flop.

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